Weekend Update: So Many Words

Time for a little update on my latest projects! I’m nearing the 60,000 word mark for my work-in-progress, Creed: Mandate of Heaven. That’s about half as long as His Name Was Zach is and barely more than a third of the final word count for Her Name Was Abby 😮 But those were epics, and …

How to Write a Good Fight Scene

I’ve never thought of myself as particularly good at writing one kind of scene versus another, but throughout my His Name Was Zach series, one thing I’ve been told consistently by readers and reviewers is that they really enjoyed the fight scenes. So I guess I’m pretty good at writing fight scenes. With that in …

3 Tips for Writing Dialogue

Dialogue is one of the most difficult parts of writing. On the one hand, you want the dialogue to feel organic, you want the reader to believe that this dialogue could very well be a genuine conversation. But on the other hand, real life conversations are full of pauses, filler words, and lots of slang, …

Behind the Characters, part 1: Abby (continued)

Welcome back to Behind the Characters! Yesterday I kicked the series off with a glance at Abby as she appears in my latest release Their Names Were Many. It’s available now on Kindle for just $2.99, check it out here! Anyway, I wanted to delve a little bit further into Abby since, ya know, she’s …

Bilbo Baggins: Was He TOO Lucky?

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, I’m reposting some old Tolkien-related posts. Enjoy! If there’s a flaw to be found in the timeless masterpiece of high fantasy that is The Hobbit, it’s Bilbo’s dumb luck. Time and time again, Bilbo is saved or does the saving with nothing but a stroke of good fortune. And …

The Tragedy of Boromir

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, I’m reposting my old Tolkien-related posts. Enjoy! Almost every character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece The Lord of the Rings is a giant in literature: Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn the King, Gandalf the Grey/White, they are all as famous and well-known as real heroes like Gandhi and MLK. But as for …

Creed: Mandate of Heaven

Good morning, readers! In my post yesterday I floated the idea of posting a sneak peek at my new work-in-progress, Creed: Mandate of Heaven. It’s the first book in a series that follows one Conner Creed, an ex-Army Ranger turned treasure hunter. The scene I’ve decided to post is an early one and sets the …

Back to the Grind

I took a brief hiatus from writing this month. Once I had Their Names Were Many ready to publish about four weeks ago (and available here for just $2.99!), I put my Creed series on hold for a bit. Bringing a book to market is a long, exhausting effort. Beyond the mere writing there’s the …

“…But said nothing.”

The other day on Twitter, I saw an author ask “If a character has nothing to say to another character, should the author write that the character said nothing or let the lack of dialogue speak for itself?” To me, the answer is obvious. Tell the reader that the character had nothing to say. If …

Advice on Self-Publishing

Hello again, everyone! As most of you know, I am a self-published author, and lately people have told me they’d like to see more posts with insight into the writing process as well as advise for budding authors. So here we go! Today I’m going to share a few things I’ve learned in self-publishing books. …

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